Hollywood was shocked yesterday when Sony announced that they would be canceling the release of Seth Rogen’s comedy ‘The Interview’ after theaters in America begin receiving threats.
The studio released the following statement:
“In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.”
Like we said, this news shocked and angered Hollywood. Several celebrities expressed their disappointment on Twitter. You can view a few of their reactions down below…
Even though Sony canceled the theatrical release of the movie, several experts believed they would release the film digitally. However, the studio told USA Today that they have no plans to release the film on any platform. It looks like they want to put this disaster behind them as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, U.S. investigators have reportedly determined that hackers working for the North Korean government were behind the attack on Sony Pictures. NBC is reporting that the hack did originate outside of North Korea, but it was carried out by a group working for North Korean leaders.
Since December 5th, Sony’s stock price has dropped 7%, and it’s obvious the company is the biggest loser in all this. It’s unclear just how much this is going to cost them down the road, but we do know (thanks to the leaked documents) that The Interview cost them $44 million to produce. It was also revealed that James Franco earned $6.5 million for his role in the film, and Seth Rogen took home $8.4 million.[mashshare]